The Alaska Board of Massage Therapists adopted regulation changes effective June 6, 2021. The changes impact massage therapy establishments, massage therapy licensure, and continuing education requirements.
Alaska Board of Massage Therapists
Contact: Karen Hudson, Licensing Examiner
PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
550 W Seventh Ave, Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
Title: Massage Therapist
Requirement: 625 hours
Renewal: 16 hours/2 years
The Alaska Board of Massage Therapists has proposed new massage therapy rules that would impact licensure by credentials, continuing education requirements, and massage therapy establishments. Submit your commentary on the proposed changes no later than March 12, 2021.
All Alaska Massage Therapy licenses must be renewed by September 30 of odd-numbered years. That means that you must renew your current massage license by September 30, 2017.
License renewal applications will be available on the Board's website sometime after July 1, 2017.
As discussed in prior updates, the law requiring that all Alaska massage therapists hold massage therapist licenses passed in 2014. The law went into effect on July 15, 2015, and, as previously mentioned, the state is accepting applications. Additionally, regulations have now been issued. The Massage Board has now issued a statement that it will begin enforcing the massage licensing law on June 30, 2016. Therefore:
Alaska Massage Therapy License Applications are Available
As we’ve previously informed our members, a state law was passed in August 2014 requiring that Alaska massage therapists must hold a state-issued massage license in order to practice. Following the passage of the law, the next step in the process was for the Alaska Board of Massage Therapists (Board) to issue regulations filling in the details of the licensing requirements and procedures.
The February 17-19, 2014 meetings with legislators at the State Capitol in Juneau were positive, and a massage therapy licensing bill, HB 328, has now been introduced in the Alaska state legislature. Its sponsors are Representatives Nageak, Tuck, and Muňoz. Click here to read the full text of HB 328. We will continue to keep you updated on the bill’s progress.